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I did not find this particular model but the designs by American Mfg are pretty much the same.
Take a look at this link: (page 3 left picture)
The anode rod #47070 is under the large flat brass fitting on the top of the tank. (Not connected to any external plumbing.) Just make sure that there is no water pressure in the tank before removing the anode rod.
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Posted on May 18, 2011
Hi Inside every water heater is a long magnesium bar called a "Anode Rod". This metal protects the tank from rust by corroding first before the tank. Once this is gone, the tank then begins to corrode. You can at least double the life of your water heater by replacing this rod every four years or so, depending on your water. Also check the link if it helps:- Please get back to us if you have further query else please accept the suggestion.
Start by turning off either gas valve and or circuit breaker to water heater so it does not try to run while working on it. Turn off the cold water supply line to the water heater, then turn off the hot water supply coming from the heater. Attach a garden hose to the drain **** and drain off several gallons of water to the outside or floor drain. (Warning: water may be hot and can burn if not careful ). Draining the whole tank is not necessary, shut drain off after level is drain down and pressure is assure to be bled off. Remove the old rod by loosening it's "hexagonal" fitting located on the top of the water heater with a wrench and lift out the rod. Before inserting the new rod, wrap threads with Teflon tape or pipe dope, to prevent leaks. Insert new rod into tank and tighten it with the wrench. Turn cold water supply back on to tank and inspect for leaks around rod threads. if no leaks, turn hot water supply back on to the house. Turn electric and or gas back on to tank.
Inside every water heater is a long magnesium bar called a "Anode Rod". This metal protects the tank from rust by corroding first before the tank. Once this is gone, the tank then begins to corrode. You can at least double the life of your water heater by replacing this rod every four years or so, depending on your water.
Also check the link if it helps:-
Please get back to us if you have further query else please accept the suggestion.
Posted on May 18, 2011
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Reliant is made by American
I don't find a 501 manual under gas water heaters at reliant.
The Reliant manuals that are available do not show the anode rod in the drawing.
But they do show an access port on top of tank.
The anode rod is usually under the access port which is a round plastic disc.
On some water heaters, the anode rod is under the steel top and you have to remove the screws holding the top on.
Some water heaters, the anode is connected to hot water outlet.
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